Get a Head Start in Your Academic Career

The Academic Leadership for Residents program is a hands-on internship for residents in advanced education programs, designed to impart productive guidance methods and constructive management techniques for a resident's future success in academic settings.

Academic Leadership for Residents

The ALR program is a competency-based course that helps residents develop the essential knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors consistent among academic leaders.

In addition to the exchange of information, the experience provides rich interprofessional relationship-building and networking opportunities.

Providing exceptional quality training, the program will challenge residents’ assumptions about academic careers and expand their horizons with a focus on these objectives:

  1. Acquire knowledge and skills vital for academic leadership
  2. Enhance capacity for teaching and learning
  3. Develop research skills

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Phase I: September 14-16, 2019 (Atlanta, GA)
Phase II: February 8-10, 2020 (Las Vegas, NV)


Tuition: $1,000 (Tuition payment is not required to submit an application, but it is due upon acceptance to the program.)

To enroll in the program and for scholarship consideration, interested residents should click the “Register” button to begin the application process. In addition to a completed application, other requirements are a current resume or CV, recommendation letter from the applicant’s program director, and an essay about the resident’s interest in academia and career goals.

Application review began July 31, 2019. Space is limited. Submit the completed application and all supporting materials as soon as possible for consideration. For more information, contact the Internship Director, Dr. Marcia Ditmyer at


Download the 2020 agenda here.

Coursework enhances skills in 3 areas:

Educational Research

  1. Instructional design & course planning
  2. Assessing student competence
  3. Clinical and didactic teaching
  4. Assessing progress toward clinical competency
  5. Motivational interviewing
  6. Evaluating learning styles
  7. Working with students who have challenge

Academic Leadership & Career Planning

  1. Strategic thinking
  2. Financial management
  3. Collaborations and partnerships
  4. Faculty and staff development and oversight
  5. Negotiation and influence
  6. Conflict management
  7. Interpersonal skills
  8. Emotional intelligence
  9. Work-life balance

Teaching & Learning

  1. Identify and define a unique research niche
  2. Review and evaluate research and related reports
  3. Research study design and construction
  4. Data collection
  5. Interpretation and evaluation of findings and implication


  • It was comforting to know that our issues and challenges are similar and not unique to my school or profession. I was particularly encouraged to learn techniques on academic leadership from my peers in the health profession."

    Dr. Karla Georges, The University of the West Indies School of Veterinary Medicine

  • I am a believer in lifelong learning and regularly take steps to improve my understanding of leadership.  CAAMP provided an intensive three-day workshop with an incredibly diverse group of participants from many professions and disciplines.  This approach was timely and relevant from the lens of inter-professional education and practice.  This experience has given me a much clearer picture of the challenges these professions are faced with and thereby gave me a better understanding of how that impacts our practice."

    Dr. Holly Diesel, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College

Scholarship Opportunities

AAL is proud to present a variety of scholarship opportunities.

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The AAL Story


The Academy for Advancing Leadership (AAL) is a health and higher education consulting firm. We work with organizational leaders to achieve their goals through strategic planning and professional development. We have helped over 150 institutions and thousands of leaders advance in their fields. Unlike other firms, our clients engage directly with accomplished and seasoned experts to achieve objectives with agility.


Celebrating Almost Two Decades in Business

Launched in 2005, AAL is a collaborative of scholars, educational specialists, and consultants providing services that help leaders in businesses, nonprofits, and academia pursue excellence, the application of knowledge, the discovery of ideas, and the quest of lifelong learning. The AAL team strives to build long-term relationships based on superior service, mutual trust, and intellectual inspiration. We focus on professional development, consulting services, and the application of assessment technologies and informatics to solve our clients' challenges. We hope to get to know you and assist with your personal, professional, and organizational growth.

N. Karl Haden, PhD

President of AAL


Advancing health and higher education.


AAL builds and strengthens your unique value through results-driven consulting and professional development.

Core Values

Scholarship through continuous learning, discovery, dissemination of knowledge, and interprofessional collaboration.

Innovation through risk-taking and disruption of the status quo.

Integrity through doing the right things for the right reasons.

Excellence through superior quality, client satisfaction, and the assessment of outcomes.

Philanthropy through volunteerism and financial contribution.

Success Stories

“I've taken quite a few leadership courses and seminars; none come close to the material involved and coordination AAL. Sprinkle a little genuine interest in seeing us succeed and well intentions and you have the best leadership mentors PERIOD.”

Dr. Khaled Hussein

BronxCare Health System

“The program was very valuable in the way that it gave us some real tools, some real opportunities and ways to evaluate ourselves and our own approaches to leadership and then gave us an opportunity of how to apply that to interprofessional education. I think that was the best … the applicability of the tools that were provided to us and how we can utilize those were just amazing. It was very valuable and an opportunity to evaluate yourself with the tools that they provided to give an introspective look into your own leadership style and what other people thought of your leadership, and that was very powerful.”

Dr. Kevin Brueilly

Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences

“I think the program was excellent. There were many excellent sessions. They were very stimulating. They kept us moving, very thought provoking. I thought the program overall was well designed, and as I said very thought provoking. For the inaugural program, it was well put together. You could see the passion in the instructors, who were very well versed in the topics that they talked about. I’m really pleased to be a part of this, and as a social worker, I really got a great sense of how interprofessional education can be very instrumental in terms of social workers working in healthcare settings. I think this is the wave of the future, and this program will gain traction in the future. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

Dr. Martell Teasley

University of Utah College of Social Work

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